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  • Eiko Ikegami

    Walter A Eberstadt Professor, Fall 2018 Chair and Professor of Sociology


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    Eiko Ikegami


    Eiko Ikegami is the Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Sociology and History at the New School for Social Research in New York City. In 1997, her work The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan won the Best Book Award On Asia from the American Sociological Association. Her 2006 book Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture won five awards, including the Mirra Komarovsky Book Prize from the Eastern Sociological Association and the John W. Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.

    Areas of Focus: Comparative historical sociology; Japanese society; theory; cultural sociology; economic sociology; Information technology, autism

    Degrees Held

    PhD 1989, Harvard University

    Professional Affiliation

    American Sociological Association

    Association for Asian Studies

    Recent Publications

    Selected publications include:

    ハイパーワールド:共感しあう自閉症アバターたち(Hyper-World: Autistic Avatars in Virtual World; Tokyo NTT 出版: 2017)

    “Waiting for the Flying Fish to Leap: Revisiting the Values and Individuality Practiced by Tokugawa People,” Early Modern Values and Individuality (2015)

    "Visualizing Networked Self: Agency, Reflexivity, and the Social Life of Avatars,“ Social Research (2013)

    “Emotions,” chapter in Oxford Concise Companion to History (2012)

    “Avatars are for Real: Virtual Communities and Public Spheres--a Reflection on Two Virtual Networks in early modern Japan and Contemporary Digital Culture”, with Piet Hut, Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (2008)

    Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and Political Origins of Japanese Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

    Bito Reisetsu no Kizuna (2005)

    Meiyo to Junno (2000)

    The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan (Harvard University Press, 1995)

    "Bringing Culture into Macro-Structural Analysis in Historical Sociology: Some Epistemological Considerations", Poetics (2005)

    "Citizenship and National Identity in Early Meiji Japan, 1868-1889: A Comparative Assessment", International Review of Social History (1995)

    Kyoto; A Thousand Years of Celebration: City, Shrine and Gender (forthcoming)

    Alternative Routes to State Transformation: China, Japan and Ottoman Turkey, co-authored with Karen Barkey and Bin Wong (forthcoming)

    Trust and Uncertainty: Styles of Japanese Capitalism (forthcoming)

    Research Interests

    Public spheres in comparative perspective; civility and state formation in Japan; identities, network, and social change. virtual worlds and identity, autism 

    Awards And Honors

    • 2012 Investor Award Health Policy Research, Robert Wood Johson Foundation
    • 2009, 2011,  National Science Foundation Grants
    • 2007 John Whitney Hall Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies.
    • 2006 The Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society.
    • 2006 Best Book Award in Cultural Sociology, American Sociological Association.
    • 2006 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award in Political Sociology, American Sociological Association.
    • 2006 Barrington Moore Award, A honorable mention, American Sociological Association.
    • 1995, the Best Book Award on Asia, American Sociological Association


    website in Japanese language


    blog on diverse intelligences

    Current Courses

    Historical Sociology

    State, Culture, Identity

    Historical Sociology

    State, Culture, Identity


    Independent Study

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